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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jun 6, 2005 5:18am
Forum: etree Subject: UNDERGROUND HEROES!

My family moved to San Francisco in February of 1967, when I was 12 years old. In comparison to the bleak industrial greyness of Chicago, San Francisco was a sunny wonderland in full swing.
My first exposure to the world of underground comics was Robert Crumb's Keep On Truckin' black light poster image of pinheaded men with cheap suits and hobnailed work boots that dictated the fashion taste of my friends and I for the next ten years.

At Lowell High School, Ken Kaffke and I first met as members of the SFFWWTC (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Witchcraft and Weird Things Club). Ken was well into all manner of comics, but was particularly focused on ECs and the new undergrounds. Frankly, up until this time, I had found undergrounds shocking and well-nigh incomprehensible. Ken helped me to understand where the artists were coming from, how to appreciate and revel in the artistic technique and blatant sexuality. Family Life (Lowell's euphemistic course title for Sex Education) was augmented for me off-campus by Crumb's gritty and seemingly realer-than-accurate depictions of female anatomy. With Ken's help, I amassed a complete collection of Zap Comix, plus plenty of other essential underground titles of the time.
My first Grateful Dead show, which I attended with Ken at Winterland in late 1969, was a revelation. Suddenly I understood how a rock and roll band worked, and I knew that I was going to be a musician. I went home and picked up my guitar again, which I had abandoned a year and a half before at the ripe old age of 14.
At this time, underground comics, the San Francisco rock bands, and the counter-culture were inextricably intertwined with each other in our daily lives. This association was helped along by Big Brother and the Holding Company's classic Cheap Thrills album cover (Crumb again), and the since-very-famous-and valuable Fillmore concert posters, which were drawn by many of the other underground artists of the time.


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Poster: glenn Date: Jun 4, 2005 12:47am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Are there photos handy of the Dead's original Fender amps?

this thread smells like commerce to me

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Jun 4, 2005 3:11am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Are there photos handy of the Dead's original Fender amps?

Ya c'mon man this ain't E-BAY.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jun 5, 2005 10:21pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Are there photos handy of the Dead's original Fender amps?

Get a horse!

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2005-06-06 05:21:38

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Poster: Olo Date: Jun 5, 2005 9:12pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Are there photos handy of the Dead's original Fender amps?

Relax cream puff...folks are hyper sensitive in this Oil Era (1973-????)
I enjoyed your Zappy rambling.
Not sure if this is the exact forum for such.. try
www.dead.net then go to "DNC"...many, many rooms for discourse for one and all
See ya' on The Flying Eyeball Express

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jun 6, 2005 7:19am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Are there photos handy of the Dead's original Fender amps?

at least his typing was better on that latest rant :)

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